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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Haven Line Delays

Metro-North said New Haven Line service between Rye and Greenwich continues to experience delays of 30 to 40 minutes due to a person struck by a train at Port Chester.

Eastbound service has resumed at Rye, Port Chester and Greenwich.

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Trying His Luck

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A fisherman tries out his luck for bluefish early today at Pasacreta Park on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Hazy Sunset

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Tuesday’s hazy sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Diane Bosch for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - SteveSongs
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Marpe: Pros and Cons to State’s Cribari Bridge Proposal

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said it would be premature for him to make any decision on the offer Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials made to him today concerning the historic William F. Cribari Bridge.

He said a decision whether to accept it would require a lot of town meetings and public input.

CDOT Commissioner James Redeker met with Marpe today, offering a restoration plan for the 1884-built swing bridge currently on the National Register of Historic Places — and a proposal for rerouting Route 136. Marpe said it was similar to a state offer in the late 1980s on which no action was taken.

Redeker’s pitch presented by CDOT Chief Engineer Mark Rolfe was for the state to repair and to restore its bridge and to give it to the town — as well as the stretch of state-owned Route 136 over the bridge to Compo Road South all the way north to Post Road East.

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Pink Brass

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The brass section of The Fairfield Counts was in the pink tonight as the Big Band sound filled the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Swinging With Grandpa

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A proud grandpa dances tonight with his grandson to the Big Band sound of The Fairfield Counts at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Stamford Meeting Discusses Fed Rail Plan

By Kyle Constable

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Stamford — Fresh off a recent victory in southeastern Connecticut, activists and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal have begun organizing opposition to a second federally proposed rail segment. This time, the fight is in lower Fairfield County.

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (4th r) was among those at today’s Stamford meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kyle Constable for Ctmirror.org.

The Federal Railroad Administration is recommending a new rail segment for high-speed trains between New Rochelle, N.Y., and Greens Farms in Westport to speed up service between New York and Boston. Opponents are calling it a “Fairfield County bypass.”

Federal officials pitched the idea as part of their final plan for NEC Future, a sweeping vision for reshaping rail service from Boston to Washington, D.C. –- the Northeast Corridor -– as it braces for an increase ridership expected in the coming decades. The plan is meant to guide state and federal investments in the years to come.

The state has the final say on any new route. Funding would be split between the federal government, which would pick up most of the cost, and the state.

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Marpe: State Makes New/Old Proposal on Cribari Bridge

First Selectman Jim Marpe said today that he received a written proposal from the state Department of Transportation (CTDOT) that details a new/old approach to repairing and rehabilitating the state-owned William F. Cribari Bridge in Saugatuck.

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The Cribari Bridge during an opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

In a news release, Marpe said he, Finance Director Gary Conrad, and Public Works Director Steve Smith met today with Transportation Commissioner James Redeker to discuss the proposal, which he said the state offered to the town in the late 1980s but was not acted on at the time.

Essentially, the state offered to complete repairs on the bridge and then transfer ownership of the bridge to the town. At the same time, CT Route 136 would be redirected from its intersection at Compo Road North and Post Road East (CT Route 1), across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, then south along Riverside Avenue (CT Route 33.)

Compo Road South from its intersection at Route 1 to its intersection at Bridge Street and Bridge Street itself, currently part of Route 136, would be designated as town roads.

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‘Appropriate’ Opens Previews Tonight at Playhouse

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“Appropriate,” the 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, previews tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. Pictured are (l-r) Betsy Aidem, Diane Davis, and David Aaron Baker. The story of family secrets is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. The play runs through Sept. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Donations Needed for Woman’s Club Food Pantry

Westport Human Services Director Elaine Daignault today asked for community help to replenish the food pantry at the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC).

She said nonperishable groceries and food gift cards are needed.

“For many families, summer can be a stressful and expensive time,” Daignault said. “Without the benefit of school lunches, families cut back on other household expenses so they can buy more groceries to pack nutritious lunches for their children to enjoy at camp and at home.”

She said her department has had an influx of requests for emergency food “from our most vulnerable families.”

Contributions are being accepted weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westport Woman’s Club located at 44 Imperial Ave.

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Roadway ‘Crack Seal’ Program Begins Wednesday

Westport’s annual roadway “crack seal program” is scheduled to begin Wednesday on seven to 10 miles of roadways throughout town, the Department of Public Works announced today.

According to John Broadbin, deputy public works director, the repairs will take place daily for one week.

Traffic will not be detoured, he said, but an alternating one-way traffic flow will be used to route traffic around the continually moving work zone.

“The roadways will be open for two-way traffic as the work crew progresses,” Broadbin said.

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Selectmen Sign ADL Petition Denouncing White Supremacy

Westport’s selectmen have signed a petition denouncing white supremacy following the Charlottesville, Virginia clashes between white nationalists and protesters.

An announcement from First Selectman Jim Marpe’s office today said he, Avi Kaner, and Helen Garten signed an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) petition asking President Trump “to publicly and unequivocally disavow white supremacy.”

Saying there is no place for hatred and bigotry in our country, Marpe expressed “our community’s prayers for the victims of the senseless violence.”

Steve Ginsburg, director of Connecticut’s ADL, lauded the selectmen’s stand.

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Palm Westport

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It may look like Palm Beach, but it’s Palm Westport—the palm tree near the entrance to the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach at sunset on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Fairfield Counts
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - The Bob Meadows Annual Stellafane Report

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Monday, August 14, 2017

There’s Hate in Connecticut, Too

By Ana Radelat

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Washington -–  Connecticut may not be fertile ground for a white supremacist rally like the one that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., but the state is not immune to hate.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., says there are several active hate groups in the state.

Perhaps the leading white supremacist figure from the state is Kenneth Zrallack, also known as Kenneth Harris, described by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the founders of the White Lives Matter movement, “a small network of hardcore white supremacists with connections to a variety of hate groups.”

Zrallack and his brother Matthew organized the Connecticut “White Wolves” shortly after their graduation from high school in Stratford. In 2004, ADL called the group “a collection of racist skinheads” that “has grown into the largest and most active extremist group in the state,” promoting an ideology espousing hatred of Jews and racial and ethnic minorities.

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Marina Sunset

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Sunset tonight as seen at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Old Mill Maintenance

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Westport Public Works Department employees Bill Frawley (l) and Paul Byron today perform annual maintenance on the bridge ties at the Old Mill Bridge to ensure proper function of the gates that open and close with the tide and regulate water levels. “We’re cleaning and scraping to get rid of the barnacles and accumulated debris that can impair the function of the gates,” said Frawley. Others on the project (not seen in the photo, performing tasks under the bridge) are Will Drobish and Doug Meier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘Falsettos’ Tickets Available Tuesday

Free tickets for “Falsettos: In Conversation,” the Westport Library’s Susan Malloy Lecture in the Arts event in September will become available Tuesday at noon.

On a first-come, first-served basis, tickets will be made available through the Westport Country Playhouse’s online box office or by calling (203) 227-4177.

To be held at the Westport Country Playhouse, the Monday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. event will feature a panel discussion on the Broadway hit “Falsettos,” featuring the men behind the show.

They include Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn and Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine, plus the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block.

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Library Countdown to Transformation Project Underway

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The Westport Library leadership and staff, with the help of donor Nancy Beard, today flipped the switch on the Library’s Countdown to Groundbreaking clock in the Library’s Great Hall. The clock is counting down the days until the official Groundbreaking Ceremony on Sept. 14. Beard’s foundation, the Nancy Jones Beard Foundation, provided one of the major gifts to the long-awaited Transformation Project. Pictured (l-r) are Library Executive Director Bill Harmer, Nancy Beard, and Jocelyn Barandiaran, vice president of the Library Board of Trustees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Frank for WestportNow.com

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Library Party to Honor Artist Miggs Burroughs

The Westport Library will honor Westport artist Miggs Burroughs at a special reception on Monday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Miggs Burroughs at the opening of his Westport Library “Signs of Compassion” exhibit in May with Chris Timmons, curator of library exhibits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

The repertoire of the lifelong town resident includes designing the town flag, an Easter egg for Ronald Reagan’s White House that is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution, a U.S. postage stamp, and a Time magazine cover.

The event titled “Bravo & Thank You, Miggs!” caps Burroughs’ yearlong artist-in-residence role at the library, where he has served “as the library’s ambassador to the town,” library officials said.

Among his myriad tasks, Burroughs hosted a series of “Artist-to-Artist” talks with others exhibiting in the library’s Great Hall, as well as offering up design challenge prompts each month to the community.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Ellery Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Ellery Lane, near Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the two-story split level has 2,822-square feet and is situated on a 1.04-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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At Library, Virtual Reality Tours Wednesday

Those curious about virtual reality (VR) and have not yet visited the Westport Library’s MakerSpace this summer still have a chance to learn about and experience a VR headset.

The library will hold sessions to learn about VR on Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 23, the same time.

Library officials are touting the new HTV Vive headset as a “striking virtual reality experience.”

“While Oculus Rift users are encouraged to sit down when using that hardware, the Vive promises to be more of an interactive experience that is reminiscent of Nintendo’s Wii video gaming platform,” an announcement said.

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Great Day for a Sail

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Entrants in the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound Optimist Championship gathered today in waters off of Cedar Point Yacht Club on Westport’s Saugatuck Island. The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 14, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - The ‘60s Music Scene

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